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Independent Pharmacy Academy

The mission of the Independent Pharmacy Academy (formerly the Pharmacy Owners Academy) is to advocate for and sustain independent pharmacy within the profession. We will accomplish our mission by providing a forum to share innovative and entreprenuerial practices, develop business skills necessary to manage and operate a pharmacy, and advocate for public policy supportive of independent pharmacy practice . Our events will be fun, informative and relevant to independent pharmacy owners and staff, as well as future owners . We will share best practices, new business concepts, how members have become successful and demonstrate the personal and professional satisfaction of pharmacy ownership.


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Interested in being a IPA member? Contact WSPA Staff at 425-228-7171 or email us.

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Independent Pharmacy Academy Monthly Calls

The WSPA Independent Pharmacy Call will be the second Tuesday of the month at 7:45 am. These calls will be a chance to discuss challenges and opportunities with your peers. The agenda for the meeting will be generated by pharmacy owners, and open dialogue among owners will be the foundation of the call. 

Members - login to the WSPA website (top right corner of the page), then link to the call info here

Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusion List 

The Office of Inspector General has created an exclusion list of entities and individuals convicted on Medicaid or Medicare Fraud. Individuals on this list are excluded from eligibility to participate in Medicare or Medicaid billing for 5 years. If any of your employees are on the list, your pharmacy cannot bill Medicaid or Medicare. Searchable database. More information of OIG Exclusion List

FDA Adverse Side Effect 1-800 Number Label Requirement

There is a new FDA requirement that pharmacies notify consumers about how to report side-effects to FDA, including an 800 number to use. This is already in effect but FDA says they won't enforce it until Jan. 2009. The following text is included in the rule: "This part is not intended to apply to authorized dispensers dispensing or administering prescription drug products to inpatients in a hospital or health care facility under an order of a licensed practitioner, or as part of supervised home health care."The rule does not include a definition of "health care facility" but a nursing home would qualify.  Note that prescriptions dispensed to home health care clients are also excluded.  But, as usual, assisted living falls into the zone that has no federal recognition.  So presumably, unless they are clients of a home health agency, prescriptions to assisted living residents will need to have this new labeling. Federal Register Notice  

Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Council (LRAC) 

Major areas of emphasis has included:
Protecting Patient Access to Care Provided in Pharmacies
Defending Reimbursement Rates
Pharmacy Audit Reform
Patient Choice of Pharmacy
Support the effort...Join LRAC! link


RxPatrolRxPATROL® is the first national information clearinghouse and database for pharmacy crime. It was created in May 2003 as a collaborative effort between industry and law enforcement designed to collect, collate, analyze and disseminate information that can assist law enforcement investigations of pharmacy crimes. By analyzing and reporting on pharmacy crime trends, RxPATROL can also help pharmacy owners take steps to protect their businesses from theft.

RxPATROL disseminates information about unique pharmacy crime incidents, including streaming video and closed circuit television photos of suspects, when available.  RxPATROL alerts local law enforcement agencies to incidents within their municipality and neighboring communities so that they can assess potential crime trends and patterns. Investigators also receive contact information for peer law enforcement personnel so they can communicate and collaborate on their investigations. This level of collaboration has helped to apprehend suspects who have committed pharmacy crimes in neighboring towns. Read the RxPatrol Fact Sheet.

You can view RxPatrol Training Videos, a Pharmacy Security Checklist, sample charts and more at Go to  "Training Videos" on the left navigation menu.

The first video is "Pharmacy Safety - Robbery". To request copies of the videos on DVD send an email to:

Need a NPI Look-Up Tool?  

NCPDP’s HCIdea™ LookUp product is a searchable database of over 1.3 million prescribers, with more being added all the time, and provides valuable information such as NPI numbers, DEA numbers, state license information, practice locations, phone numbers, UPIN and license numbers, Medicaid provider information, areas of specialty, and more.  As a corporate member of your WSPA, you are eligible for a 50% discount on NCPDP’s HCIdea™ LookUp product.  Contact WSPA for more information or go to and click on “watch the demo.” HCIdea™usually costs $500 for a one year subscription. For corporate members of WSPA, NCPDP is offering HCIdea™ at half price – that’s a $250.00 savings and that is applicable to new subscriptions as well as annual renewals. If you are interested contact the WSPA office  (4... or and we will verify your membership status and notify NCPDP of your interest.  NCPDP will provide the enrollment process and extend the discounted price. HCIdea Roll Out Letter

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